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On Mon November 18 2019, by Office

Press Release 12th November 2019

Aces high for Graham!

The Greensome Cup has been won by Andy Matthews and Dave Howarth with a nett 64.2 which put them almost 5 shots clear of Graham Morrice and Steve Watts with a 69. It was a memorable day for Graham who shot his second hole in one in the last two months as he aced the par three 14th with a sweetly struck eight iron.

The Tucker Trophy, a nine-hole competition sponsored by local butcher Lee, has started again with weekly prizes. However the overall winner of the Trophy will be the player with the best three round aggregate at the end of the winter. The first week has been won by Peter Doust but it could only be decided on countback as he and Dave Price came in with 20 points.

There was a clear winner of the October midweek stableford as Phil Francis came in with 39 points to put him 2 points clear of the field. The honours in division one went to Abi Bakali with 37 points some two shots ahead of Lee Tucker whilst Jane Belsten with 32 points took second place behind Phil in division 2. Mike Bull with 34 points edged out Phil Magrath by one point in division 3.


Press Release 22 October 2019

The Maddison Trophy, in memory of Lansdown stalwart Dave, is a Fedex type competition with qualification based on performance in competitions during the year.

This year the final was a particularly tight affair as the top four players all came in with 39 points - with the top spot going to Chris Saunders on countback followed by Chris Sparkes, Abi Bakali and Graham Morrice. Just one further point back in fifth place was Mitch Pursey.

The Scratch Cup, contested by the top 16 players in the club championship, has gone to form as club champion, Ed Butler, beat Ken Madden in the final. In the Knockout Cup final Grant Whitehead and Neil Pirie had a close match with Grant prevailing 2 and 1 to take the cup.

The first midweek stableford of the month went to Terry Mallon with an excellent 40 points. Ken Watson and Mark Cooper could only be separated by countback in division 1 as both carded 37 points. In division 2, Bob Tregunna won with 36 points some two shots clear of Tim Rickards whilst Malcolm Payne with 38 points took second spot behind Terry in division three.

The latest midweek competition went to Dave Gladwin with 38 points whilst Lee Tucker won division 1 with 37 points – division 3 went to Jason Price with 33 points.

The ladies stableford has been won by Bev Rees 36 points but it was a close affair as both Flora Samiei and Jane Belsten shot the same score. The Ladies Alliance team has had a good year and captain, Jo Francis-Pope, was very proud of the ladies and their dedication shown to the team as they retained their first division status in the Bristol and District League despite being a relatively small section.

The first Club professional competition of the month has been won by Steve Watts with 36 points just one point ahead of Adrian Pike and Malcolm Brown with latest competition going to Nigel Rumming on 38 points with Phil Francis just one point adrift. The race day event was won by John Stokes closely followed by Anthony Caddick and Abi Bakali.

Press Release 19th September 2019

First team successful in Bristol & District Golf League Finals

Lansdown’s scratch foursomes team have had a very successful year under team captain, Neil Pirie. In August they won their final match against Saltford to win division five of the Bristol and District League (BDGL).

At the weekend eight of the team - Paul Garland, Ed Butler, Alex Ward, Steve Ashley, Dean Faulkner, Sam Jenkins, Jon Green and CJ Liebenberg – played in the BDGL finals at Henbury. They won the best team nett competition and the pairing of Paul and Ed came third in the individual pairs gross competition. A fitting end to a successful campaign and the team look forward to playing in the fourth division next year.

Last week Lansdown’s past captains visited Newport Golf Club for their away day. The winner with 34 Points was Neil Pirie with 34 points which put him just one point ahead of Joe Garry. Third spot was taken by the current Club Captain, Mike Burt, with 29 points. The day, organised by Ken Rawcliffe, was enjoyed by all on this beautiful but challenging course.


Press Release 10th September 2019

Simon is the Master but only just!

The Masters Trophy for single figure handicappers and the Frankcom Trophy are played on the same day. Simon Hale won the Masters with a nett 71 but only on countback from Ed Watson and Abi Bakali.

The Frankcom had a very clear winner as young Tom Morris shot a nett 65 to win by three clear shots from Graham Morrice whilst the next three places could only be decided on countback as Neil Pirie, Mike Bull and Craig Sheppard all came in with nett 69s.

This year the club celebrates its 125th anniversary and on Sunday held a bowmaker to celebrate this landmark. The winning team with 84 points Ken Mitchell, Pete Gerry, Eric Morgan and Mike Phillips which put them 2 points clear of Malcolm Brown playing with Dave Price, Roland Jenkins and Ian Carter. Graham Morrice had his own reason to celebrate as he scored his first hole-in-one with a finely struck five iron at the par three twelfth.

The previous day a Texas Scramble was won by Tony and Richard Sardo partnering Barry Norris and Craig Sheppard with a fantastic nett 52.6 – having carded a gross 61! Second place with 54.9 went to Peter Doust, Mike Creamer, Fred Hulcoop and Mike Bull but by less than one tenth of a shot from Graham Belsten, Grant Whitehead, Steve Magee and Steve Brunton.

The latest midweek stableford has been won by Mark Cooper with 37 points but it was a very tight affair as four other players were just one point back. Behind Cooper in division one was Ed Watson and Andy Lee – both with 36 points.

The second division went to Chris Sparkes with 33 points just one ahead of Steve Watts and Mike Tippett whilst Andrew Tigwell took division three with 36 points but only on countback from the consistent Terry Mallon and Paul Lecki.

Club Captain, Mike Burt, held his away day at Puckrup Hall. The winner of the Griffin Shield was Paul Blackmore with 37 points which put him one clear of Neil Pirie and Martin Coggins. Everyone brings a prize and so takes home a prize! The fines after dinner raised over £100 for the Captain’s project and capped a good day for Mike who thanked everyone for making it a memorable day for him.


Press Release 2nd September 2019

Nigel takes the Putter!

The prestigious Chairman’s Putter has been won by Nigel Rumming with 40 points. The honours in division one went to Martin Coggins with 37 points just one ahead of Alan Veitch and Robert Smith who could only be separated on countback.

Division two had to be decided on countback as Shaun Hindmarsh and Andy Evans both came in with 39 points with Tom Furnell just one shot further back. Ryan Silcocks took division three also with 39 points which put him two ahead of Mitch Pursey with Robin Pope a further shot adrift.

On the same day Loraine Liebenberg claimed her first club trophy as she won the Ladies Cup with 37 points which put her two clear of Sue Fereday with Margaret Ruxton coming in third with 34 points.

There were clear winners of the mixed away day at Mendip Springs as Jo Francis-Pope and Paul Blackmore notched up 40 points to put them 4 shots clear of the field! Second and third spots had to be decided on countback as Di and Joe Garry just pipped Kath and Andy Platt. Fourth place went to Margaret Ruxton and Terry Corbett with 33 points.

The Senior’s Open, organised by Robin Pope, was very well supported as over 110 players took part – the winner of the Bill Moncrieff Salver was Graham Marshall from Peterborough Milton Golf Club with a nett 67. Three shots back in second spot was Peter Rodwell from Henbury whilst John Stokes took third place with a nett 72 but only on countback from Mike Nash of Ogbourne Downs. The Todd Trophy for over 65s was won by Rodwell and the best gross score of the day was 77 by Steve Ashley.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Dave Rigby, Bill Lawrence (North Wilts), Alan Hobson, Steve Coombs and Rod Thomas.

The latest Pro’s Competition was particularly memorable for Roland Jenkins as he shot the first hole-in-one of his golfing life with a finely struck 9 iron at the fifth. The winner with 36 points was Blaine Crooks on countback from Graham Morrice with Ian Carter just one point back. Terry Mallon took fourth spot with 34 points just pushing Roland into fifth place.

Press Release 26th August 2019

Its KIDS stuff for Mike

Club Captain, Mike Burt, held a charity bowmaker at the club and raised over £1800 for KIDS – a national charity which provides a wide range of support services to disabled children, young people and their families. They offer their support to the whole family with the aim of giving disabled children a brighter future. Mike’s daughter Sara works for the charity and was delighted with the sum raised.

The bowmaker was won by Geoff Tovey, Ken Watson and John Butler with nett 63.7 just ahead of Jane and Phil Belsten playing with Chris Sparkes on 65.4 whilst third place went to Simon and Cheryl Hale and Cheun Lau with a nett 65.6.

The Elms Trophy, a greensomes medal, has been won by Grant Whitehead and John Mountain with a nett 69 which put them two shots clear of Jane and Phil Belsten.

The Ladies stableford was a very tight affair with the honours going to Margaret Ruxton with 34 points but only on countback from the consistent Jane Belsten whilst Bev Rees was just one shot adrift in third place.

The latest midweek stableford, and division three, was taken by Mike Webb with 35 points whilst Terry Corbett took division one and Nigel Rumming won division two as both scored 34 points.

Seniors’ captain, John Stokes, held is away day at Llanwern with individual and team competitions. The winner of the Chic Ward Salver was Gerald Horseman with an outstanding 41 points which put him 5 shots clear of the field. Mike Cheek took second place whilst Rod Thomas was in third spot with 35 points with Gordon Beavis a further point adrift.

There was also clear winners of the bowmaker event as Gerald and Rod teamed up with Graham Cavill to come in with 82 points some 9 points clear of Gordon playing with Mike Creamer and Peter Newland which put them one ahead of Mike Cheek, Alan Perrin and Pete Waller.

Press Release 12th August 2019

The Kite Cup for the best gross by a Lansdown player in the Junior Open has been won by Kai White with an 84 and in the same event Edison Butler won the Lansdown Trophy for the best nett by a home player with a nett 76.

The best gross in the Open, and with it the Monty Withington Trophy, was won by Josh Millington from the Players with a 73 just one shot ahead of Milan Reed from Long Ashton whilst Louis Ross from the same club was a further two shots adrift. The Monty Withington Shield for the best nett was taken by Stanley Ballard from Sherdons with an excellent nett 65 which put him three shots clear of the field – Dan Townsend (Minchinhampton) pushed Will Gregory (Tewkesbury Park) into third place on countback.

In the ladies’ section, the Freida Bowl is played over three rounds with the best two rounds counting for the competition – the winner this year was young Amelia Matthews with an aggregate nett 141 which put her 9 shots clear of Jane Belsten in second place.

There was a clear winner of Senior of the Year in Paul Maidment – his best three rounds from this year’s medals gave an aggregate nett 214 which put him 6 shots ahead of his nearest challenger – Terry Corbett. Third spot went to Dave Lambern on 221 whilst Mike Phillips and Adrian Pike were joint fourth on 224.

The honours in the final senior’s medal went to Alan Denning with a nett 68 but only on countback from Maidment with Bill Rose in third spot just one shot adrift.

Club Professional, James Lee, held his Pro’s Day earlier this month and the winners of the fourball betterball competition were Terry Bamford and Jane Belsten with a nett 62 but it was a close affair. In second place were Martin Coggins and Ken Rawcliffe with a nett 63 as they edged out Roland Jenkins and Lee Ricketts on countback. Countback had to be employed again to separate 4th and 5th spots as Bob Tregunna and Ken Watson just pipped Andy Evans and Patrick Harrison as both shot nett 64.

The nearest the pin winners were Pete Temperley, Charlie Taylor-Madge, Jenkins, Pete Gerry and Watson whilst Bill Rose won the longest wrong handed drive with a 154 yard carry and Mike Creamer won the 125 yard challenge. A good day was enjoyed by all.

Press Release 29 July 2019

Peter is Top of the Pops

Peter Essam has won the Pop Camm Trophy with 42 points. In division one the honours went to Roland Jenkins with 39 points just one ahead of Charlie Taylor-Madge and Simon Hale who could only be separated on countback.

Division two was also a close affair as Tom Furnell with 37 points took top spot but only on countback from Pete Darby with Andrew Evans one back in third place. Eric Morgan with 41 points took second place behind Peter in division three with Jack Moon two further shots adrift in third place.

The Ladies Stableford has been won by Cathy Gilson with 38 points which put her just one ahead of Sue Fereday whilst Suzanne Wheeler took third spot with 34 points.

The midweek stableford and division one went to Malcolm Brown with 38 points whilst Shaun Luther took division two with 34 points and Nigel Rumming claimed top spot in division three with 31 points.

The Seniors Open Bowmaker was very well attended and the was some excellent scoring as the spot went to the team of Paul Patten, Ken Mitchell, Eric Morgan and Dave Rigby with 93 points. Second place went Tim Rickards, Patrick Harrison, Mike Banner and Pete Waller but only on countback from Dave Wherlock, Dave Chapple, Steve Langley and Alan Gerrish as both teams came in with 90 points.

Fourth and fifth places went to teams tied on 89 points as John Jotcham, Alan Denning and brothers Paul and Terry Maidment just pipped Joe Garry and Paul Blackmore who had two guests playing with them – Paddy Jefferies and Billy Tierney.

Glenn Minchin took the club professional’s competition on Sunday with 41 points just one head of Phil Belsten whilst Abi Bakali took third place with 39 points.

Press Release 22nd July 2019

Tom lifts the Cup

The Davis Cup has been lifted by young Tom Morris with a nett 65 in a high scoring competition. The honours in division one went to Malcolm Brown with a nett 66 – just one shot clear of Roland Jenkins whilst Ken Madden was 3 further shots adrift despite having carded a one over gross 72.

James Knight took second place behind Tom in division two with a nett 67 with Bill Rose in third a further shot back. In division three Craig Stevens claimed top spot with a nett 67 just one ahead of Melvyn Britton whilst Senthil Kumar came in third with a nett 72.

There was some great scoring in the Mullingar Trophy with Charlie Patterson leading the way with a gross 6 under par 65 off his plus one handicap. In division one young Charlie pushed Charlie Taylor-Madge into second place despite the latter going round in a level par 71 to give him a nett 68 which nudged Andy Lee into third place on countback.

James Knight is having a good run and took division two with a nett 69 whilst Rod Thomas and John Jotcham could only be separated on countback as both came in with a nett 71. It was a similar position in division three – won by Mike Bull again with a nett 69 whilst Michael Webb and Jay Harris both shot nett 71.

The Invitation Day was a high scoring event with the honours going to Andy Lock with guest Si Send with 43 points just one clear of Adam Goodridge and Gavin Masser. Last year’s club captain John Butler took third spot playing with Billy Tierny with 40 points but only on countback from Terry Mallon and Chris Bryant with Graham Morrice and John Ellis having to settle for fifth place but also with 40 points.

The latest senior’s medal was a very tight affair with only one shot covering the top six players. The winner with a nett 70 was Chris Lewis but only on countback from Mike Cheek and Terry Stacey. Mike Phillips was just one shot back in fourth again prevailing on countback from Malcolm Payne and Alan Hobson.

Press Release 15th July 2019

Suzanne lifts the Shield

Suzanne Wheeler has won the Lady Captains Shield with 38 points. The honours in the silver division went to Bridget Ashley with 36 points – some four points clear of Di Barwell with Amelia Matthews a further point adrift. The bronze division was a tight affair with Flora Samiei prevailing on countback from Bev Rees as both ladies carded 36 points with Kate McCarey just one shot back. Val Godwin won the 9 hole event with 15 points.

The nearest the pin prizes went to Suzanne and Anne Martin whilst Amelia claimed the straightest drive and the putting prizes.

The latest midweek stableford has been won by Richard Britton with 37 points just one ahead of Bill Rose in division two whilst Ross Jenkins took top spot in division one with 36 points with Dan Nicholas in second place. Malcolm Payne won division three with 32 points with Nigel Rumming taking second spot.

The pro, James Lee, runs a competition on free weekends – the Saturday winner was Steve Watts with 41 points just pipping Charlie Taylor-Madge on countback. Third and fourth places also needed countback to separate them as Charlie Patterson and Malcolm Brown both shot 40 points whilst Laura Leach was just two points adrift.

The Sunday event was a family affair as Jane Belsten pushed husband Phil into second place as both carded 38 points – just one shot back were Blaine Crooks and Rob Archer whilst Paul Blackmore took fifth place with 36 points.


Press Release 8th July 2019

Joe comes third in European Amateur Championships in Austria

Joe Long had a brilliant tournament at the Diamond Club in Austria as he claimed tied third place in the European Amateur Championship. Joe was leading after the first of the four rounds and was joint second after two rounds. Overall he finished on 9 under some six shots adrift of Matthias Schmid who took top spot. It was great to see Joe on Sky Sports flying the flag for England and Lansdown.
Joe was hoping for a Walker Cup squad call up but has just missed out but he is having a great season as an England International and playing in many global events.

The Withers Bowl, a mixed foursomes event involving the senior and ladies, has been won by Kath Platt and Joe Garry but it was a very tight affair as the top four pairings came in with 38 points. Second place went to Di Garry and Robin Pope just pipping Suzanne Wheeler and Andy Platt with Pearl Evans and Terry Corbett having to settle with fourth place.

The honours in the midweek stableford went to Geoff Andrews with 40 points. Division one went to Harrison but only on countback from Corbett as both carded 38 points with Mitchell three points adrift in third. Tom Morris took second place behind Andrews in division two with 38 points just one ahead of Richard Britton. Division three went to Morgan with 34 points but only on countback from Margaret Ruxton with Dave Wherlock a further point adrift.

The latest ladies medal has been won by Bev Rees with a nett 73 some six shots clear of Kate McCarey whilst Sally Law won the 9 hole competition.

Charities of Children's Hospice South West and Clic Sargent

Club Captain, John Butler is delighted to say that the Club raised over £8,000 in 2018 for his chosen Charities of Children’s Hospice South West and Clic Sargent.

The monies were raised at various enjoyable events during the year, including his Captain's charity golf day. John has a further three months in office and has planned more fund raising events before handing the office of Club Captain over to Mike Burt in April.

John is extremely grateful for the support that he has received from the members during the year, He has really enjoyed his year and said it is a great honour to serve as Captain.